Jim’s WebLetter for 2/11/17

Hi-ya friends and Webfamily!

This week, I want to show you coding made for everyone, picture viewing from the Met and the weather on Facebook, all in a span of 4 minutes. Ready?

Let’s talk about coding. In past issues, I have stressed the importance of learning to code but sense many of you are hesitant to want to jump in. Let me tell you about an article I read this week.  

Eric Johnson of recode.net wrote a telling story entitled, “Do I Really Need to Learn to Code?” in which he talked about jobs and people who are looking for one. Specifically, if you are tech-aware (i.e., own and use a computer, tablet or smartphone) and want to find a job in an industry that is growing and shows no sign of slowing, you should learn to code. It doesn’t require a college degree. It doesn’t require a massive understanding of mathematics. Just a desire to learn what makes all this stuff run.

It doesn’t matter what you learn first. Matter of fact, a great number of people start with JavaScript because, among other things, programmers use JavaScript in video-game development, in crafting desktop and mobile applications, and in server-side network programming. There is a great demand for people who work in video game and computer programs right now. And once you learn JavaScript, you can switch to another coding language in about four weeks. It’s learning the concepts that is important.

What’s more, this isn’t just for kids. Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code says, “If you’re a parent, and you yourself don’t know how to code, it’s hard for you to tell your kid to code. Khan Academy (which offers free courses of study) has a great, interactive platform where you can watch a video, learn how to code, and do it all at once.” The coding story is a 3 minute read … https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2FSsis7O-do-i-really-need-to-learn-to-code/f-da913a690b%2Frecode.net

Have you heard? New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is flooding the internet with classic works from its collection. Overall, it’s releasing 375,000 images of public domain art for viewing on the Web and unrestricted use in a partnership with Wikimedia. 

The Met opened their website on Thursday and is going full-steam to promote the effort and make sure the world knows how to gain access. Users can browse the museum’s collection (or use the Creative Commons search) and download and use images in the public domain for whatever they want: school projects, personal use, or even web stories. http://www.metmuseum.org

A year ago, Facebook rolled out “weather greetings” in News Feed, which were short, informational weather updates that appeared at the top of your feed in the morning. The new feature, a full weather forecast, is an extension on that. Coming soon to your Facebook, you’ll see similar messages at the top of the News Feed with a link to the full, five-day forecast.  

Facebook will also offer an option to set notifications for receiving weather reports. The company says that Notifications and the more detailed greetings are rolling out for tests now, with all these updates being widely available by the end of the month. https://www.Facebook.com

That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.


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